South Sudan’s ruling party has selected Hon: Jemma Nunu Kumba as Speaker of Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly, TNLA. The Nomination of the current Acting SPLM secretary came during the party’s briefing chaired by President Salva Kiir on Friday, 23rd July.
Chapter 1.14.3 in the agreement stated that the former incumbent, Transitional government shall nominate the Speaker of TNLA with the first deputy from SPLM-IO.
The Chairperson of SPLM President Salva Kiir has announced the Nomination of Jema Nunu Kumba as the next speaker of the revitalized transitional national legislative assembly. The party also selected Mary Ayen Majok to take deputy speaker for the Council of States.
“What makes people leave is the position of the speakership because many of you want to be speakers, and I have a long list. In the SPLM leadership, we thought we have a person you might not accept, and this is Nunu Jema Kumba. This is the government for many parties, not SPLM alone, so that the deputy speaker will be from the IO.”
Kiir further promised to swear in the MPs before the end of this month.
The Vice president of the Economic Cluster and SPLM Deputy Chairperson, Dr. James Wani Igga, called for Unity and hard work from his party members to deliver services to the citizens.
“Peace promotion on national Unity, your Unity within the parliament. Since we’re the ruling party, let’s do the good things to maintain the power,” Igga said.
President Salva Kiir reconstituted the National Legislative Assembly and Council of State in May and July, respectively. But all members from both houses have not yet been sworn in to start their duties. The reconstituted parliament comprised of 550 members majority nominated from the SPLM (332) and SPLM-IO (128) MPs.
On Thursday, Peace Monitors described the swearing-in of the MPs as “critical” to ratify some vital legislation, including security and constitutional amendment bills.